"After the alcoholic products arrived at the temporary storage facility officials from the Federal Service for Consumers Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) conducted all due procedures to check the quality of the products. By now the customs clearance of the cargo has been completed, and the first declaration was issued for alcohol produced in Georgia," a customs official said.
Earlier head of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's Chief Sanitation Doctor Gennady Onishchenko said that the first batch of Georgian wine would be cleared at a customs post in Moscow region on Thursday, June 20.
More than 20,000 bottles of Georgian brandy have also passed through customs procedures in the Moscow region on Thursday and were released onto the market, the customs authorities said.
Together with the brandy, more than 100,000 bottles of alcohol also cleared customs. A total of 1.5 million excise stamps for Georgian alcohol products have been distributed by the customs authorities, Interfax reported.
Gennady Onishchenko said the arrival of Georgian alcohol would bring back warm memories for older people, though the 20,000 bottles "wouldn't even suffice for a decent banquet to celebrate the opening of the border."
Georgian Borjomi mineral water has already returned to the Russian market.
Russia banned wine and mineral water deliveries from Georgia in 2006 over quality complaints. At the beginning of February Russia and Georgia worked out a mechanism of returning Georgian commodities to the Russian market which implied visits of Russian sanitation officials to Georgia and the registration commodities in Russia.
The first inspection of Georgian wine-makers and producers of mineral water was conducted at the end of February - the beginning of March, the second - on April 1-5. Onishchenko said last Tuesday that the third team of Russian sanitation experts could be sent to Georgia in July to check the companies which intend to resume deliveries to Russia. "Out of the 34 Georgian companies chosen for the third inspection documents have been received from 15," he said.
Rospotrebnadzor has permitted the delivery of over 100 types of Georgian wine and mineral water to Russia.
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